Seeking You: a prayer in pursuit of God

“The Lord will guide you always;
    he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
    and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
    like a spring whose waters never fail.” (Isaiah 58:11)

seeking You
like a suffocating man seeks oxygen
pursuing You
like a gold-digger on their last heart-flung dig
watching for You
like a red-tailed hawk perched still and attentive for prey
listening for You
like a child trapped in a cave listens for a long-awaited rescue
hungry for You
like a famine-stricken family nomadically searches for food
thirsty for You
like hard, drought-parched fields ache for rain
waiting for You
like the unemployed waits for word of a yearned-for job offer
open to You
like a cold, silent lock yields to the key that turns the tumblers
“our hearts are restless
until they rest in You”

“Come, Follow Me” – a prayer poem

Inspired by Matthew 4:18-25

Come, follow Me—
all you at work and at rest,
all you burdened with responsibility
all you with no sense of direction.

Come, follow Me—
all you living in another’s shadow
and all you trying to prove something,
all you who belong and all you on the outside.

Come, follow Me—
all you sick with diverse diseases
and all you who think you are well,
all you searching and all you wandering.

Come, follow Me—
all you afflicted by demons inside and outside
and all you in pain or paralyzed,
all you at ease and all in a state of dis-ease.

Come, follow Me—
all of you, regardless of your challenges or joys,
all of you, in every place you find yourselves,
each and every one of you.

Come, follow Me—
let it begin right now,
let it begin again all through the day,
let your life be shaped by following Me.

A Prayer to Know God More

I want to know You, Lord my God.
In the majesty of Your power,
the splendor of Your holiness,
and the wonder of Your love—
I want to know You.

I want to see You, Lord my God.
Though no eye can truly see You and live,
though creation displays Your fingerprints for all to see,
show me the mystery of Your glory—
I want to see You.

I want to hear You, Lord my God.
In Your powerful voice that can shatter the cedars,
in Your still, small voice amidst the quiet wind,
and all the range of perception in-between—
I want to hear You.

I want to taste You, Lord my God.
As the Bread of Heaven come to give life,
I open my soul’s mouth wide to be fed on You,
and join the psalmist in tasting Your goodness—
I want to taste You, Lord my God.

So draw me deeper than I have ever been.
Infuse my ordinary life with Your extraordinary Presence,
that tasting, hearing, and seeing,
I might grow
to know You more.

A Prayer to Become a Community of the Triune God

Finally, all of you, be like-minded, be sympathetic, love one another, be compassionate and humble. Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult. On the contrary, repay evil with blessing, because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing. (1 Peter 3:8-9)

Lord, give us power and grace
that our character and relationships
one with another might look like You
from start to finish and throughout the years.

Lord, You know the temptation to retaliate,
to treat poorly those who treat us poorly,
to repay a verbal stabbing with a silver-tongued sword thrust,
to descend like a flaming comet into anger, bitterness, and cursing.

Lord, help us to take instead the way of blessing,
to walk in unflappable peace, humility, and compassion,
to step inside another’s shoes and see their life through their eyes,
to saturate every word and action with the seeds of selfless love.

Lord, such a way of life does not come easy,
in fact it cuts against the grain of normal human life.
It must instead overflow from Your very life springing up from within us
and be steadily sustained by Your Holy Spirit’s power.

Lord Father—grant us Your life.
Lord Son—grant us Your truth.
Lord Spirit—grant us Your way.

A Prayer of Trust by Thomas Merton

A friend shared with me this prayer by Thomas Merton from his book Thoughts in Solitude. It caught my attention and I hope it is meaningful to you as well.

My Lord God,
I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
nor do I really know myself,
and the fact that I think I am following your will
does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you
does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always though
I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

By Thomas Merton from Thoughts in Solitude (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1958).